John Richard Sayer, “Richard” to his family and friends, passed away peacefully Monday, May 9, 2022.
He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his mother, J’leane Petersen, who we hold especially close in our arms and prayers during this difficult time, as well as daughter Stephanie Sayer Long (Ken Baiocchi), son Travis Sayer (Kelly), brother Robert Sayer, grandchildren Ethan and Elizabeth Long, and Dylan, Jordan, Ashton and Landon Sayer, as well as several nieces and nephews. He is together now in heaven with his brothers David and Craig and his father, D. Ray.
Richard was the son of J’leane Rigby Petersen and D. Ray Sayer. Born in Salt Lake City, Richard graduated from Granite High School. He began working for Harman’s Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1966 in Salt Lake City as a dishwasher. Over his 40+ year career with Harmans, he worked his way up to Regional Director, from Salt Lake to Seattle to South San Francisco to finally San Jose in 1974, where he put down deep roots and raised his family with first wife Renon. He dearly loved his kids and supported them unconditionally in all their endeavors, from youth sports to college and beyond. He gave his kids, and in turn his grandkids, the love and foundation to allow them to flourish.
Richard was incredibly proud of his career with Harman’s where he earned many awards and made lifelong friends. He was mentored by extraordinary people and carried that forward as a mentor to others. He cared deeply for his colleagues and employees and was known for his tireless work ethic and integrity. Harman’s was more than a career for Richard. It was his life’s work and passion.
When he took the rare day off, Richard loved to golf, and he made great friendships and at least a couple of holes-in-one at Almaden Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed organizing tee times, participating in tournament committees and golfing with his son Travis.
Richard also enjoyed a very active “second act” as a world traveler in his retirement. His eyes would light up talking about his bucket list of visiting all of the New Seven Wonders of the World. He made it to six of them, along with dozens of other countries.
Amid these chapters, Richard also enlisted and served in the Marine Reserves and obtained his private pilot’s license. He had an explorer’s curiosity about the world and sense of adventure.
We loved Richard dearly and if you knew him, you know he loved and encouraged you in his quiet and steadfast way.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Richard’s life on Wednesday, June 29th at 4pm at Almaden Golf and Country Club in San Jose. In honor of Richard, please treat yourself to a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, a round of golf, or a trip to a beckoning destination.
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A Memorial Tree was planted for John